These fluffy greek yogurt spelt pancakes are the perfect way to celebrate Mardi Gras.
I love food that emotes a feeling or memory.
Pancakes were always a weekend staple growing up. We’d be up at the cabin and my dad would be whipping up a batch of Bisquick-mix pancakes — usually studded with chocolate chips or in the shape of Mickey Mouse ears.
Still to this day, there’s something so comforting and peaceful about a stack of flapjacks.
This fluffy Greek yogurt spelt pancake recipe is a simple, delicious, and nutritious way to celebrate the morning.
Whether it’s actually Mardi Gras (a.k.a. Pancake Tuesday), your birthday, or a relaxing sunday, I hope this recipe brings a little vibrance to your day.
Is spelt flour healthy?
Yes! Spelt is an ancient grain that’s closely related to wheat and has many health benefits, including:
Excellent source of fiber.
Good source of protein.
Good source of calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, vitamin E, and B vitamins.
Easier to digest than wheat as it’s more water soluble.
Is spelt flour gluten-free?
Despite some claims, spelt is not gluten-free.
Yes, the amount and type of gluten in spelt varies slightly from traditional wheat. However, if you have Celiac disease or a gluten-intolerance, then you’ll still want to avoid spelt.
What you’ll need to make Healthy Sprinkle Pancakes
Here’s everything you’ll need to make these healthy Greek yogurt spelt pancakes:
Whole Grain Spelt Flour: I used spelt flour in this recipe as it’s high in fiber, a good source of protein, and easier to digest than whole wheat. However, you can use white whole wheat flour instead if you’d like.
Baking Powder and Soda: While many flapjack recipes only use baking powder, I like to use both baking powder and soda as they do different things to the batter. Baking powder helps retain the tang of the Greek yogurt and help the batter rise, while baking soda also helps lift things up and helps with browning.
Maple sugar: I love using maple sugar in flapjacks! It just smells like pancakes in crystallized form. However, you can also use regular maple syrup, local honey, or coconut sugar instead.
Oat milk: As with most of my recipes, feel free to use any milk/milk alternative that you’d like.
Eggs: for a vegan option, you can use two flax eggs instead.
Vanilla extract: For best flavor, use a pure vanilla extract rather than imitation. Or, if you want an even stronger vanilla flavor, you can add vanilla bean paste or powder.
Greek yogurt: Plain whole fat Greek yogurt makes these cakes super soft and moist. Plus, it adds a decent boost of protein. To make these vegan, use a plant-based yogurt instead.
Sprinkles: For a festive twist, I added Mardi Gras-colored sprinkles. But you could also use rainbow ones for a birthday or red and greens ones at Christmas.
CBD Isolate Powder (optional): I sometimes add CBD to my breakfast as it helps calm my anxiety in the morning and helps make me not so jittery after drinking coffee. I use CBDelicious powder from CBDisitllery.
Toppings of choice: These pancakes are genuinely sweet and soft enough to enjoy on their own. But feel free to add toppings such as almond butter, more Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, or pure maple syrup on top.
Tips for making fluffy pancakes
Curious how to get your short-stack nice and fluffy? Here are my top tips for fluffy pancakes:
Don’t overmix! You don’t want to whip all the air out of the batter.
Make a well in the dry ingredients. This will help the wet ingredients incorporate more quickly into the dry, which means less mixing.
Don’t press down on your pancakes when they’re cooking. I see it happen all the time, but pressing the spatula onto your pancakes just deflates those precious air-bubbles inside.
Avoid flipping too soon. You want to give your battery plenty of time to create those air bubbles inside, which will provide that lift you’re looking for. If your hotcakes are cooking too quickly, simply turn the heat down to low.
How much CBD isolate should I add to these healthy Greek yogurt pancakes?
First off, you don’t have to add CBD to these pancakes! However, if you do use CBD let’s talk about how to add it to this recipe.
Unlike CBD tinctures, which you can easily measure the amount of CBD added by the number of droppers used, CBD isolate can seem a bit more confusing at first.
However, it’s actually super easy to use as long as you have a way to measure out milligrams (mg):
As to how much to use, it really depends on your individual CBD needs, which can vary greatly. If you’re unsure of how much CBD to take, I recommend talking with a trusted healthcare professional.
For me personally, I wanted each pancake to have 10 mg of CBD. So, I just had to do some simple math knowing that 1 mg of CBD isolate powder = 1 mg of CBD.
As this recipe makes 12 pancakes, I added 120 mg of CBD powder to the batter (10 mg CBD x 12 pancakes).
For more on CBD, be sure to check out my articles on the Wellness Page.
Best CBD product for cooking
My preferred way of using CBD is adding it to food, which is why I started New Mind. I wanted a place to share my healthy CBD recipes and help others become more informed when it comes to CBD.
While I like the simplicity of using a CBD tincture in recipes like overnight oats, the problem with tinctures is that they also add oil to whatever you’re making. And if you add too much, then your food or beverage can get oily.
Instead, when needing larger quantities of CBD, I recommend using a CBD isolate powder like CBDistillery’s CBDelicious as it’s:
High quality CBD
Simple to use
Plus, CBDistillery is currently offering 15% off to New Mind readers when you enter NEWMIND at checkout!
These healthy Greek yogurt spelt pancakes are perfectly fluffy and will keep you nice and full throughout the morning. Option to also add CBD isolate.
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2cups230 grams whole grain spelt flour
2tablespoonsmaple sugarcan also use coconut or brown sugar
1cupunsweetened oat milkor milk of choice
2large eggsor flax eggs
1teaspoonpure vanilla extract
1cupplainwhole fat Greek yogurt, or plant-based alternative
CBDelicious powderoptional, see notes in post for dosing
⅓cupMardi Gras-colored sprinklesor sprinkle colors of choice
Butter or coconut oil for greasing pan
Preheat griddle to 350 F, or heat a large skillet over medium-low heat.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, maple sugar, and CBD powder, if using. Set aside.
In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk eggs, milk, and vanilla extract until slightly frothy. Add in Greek yogurt and mix until just combined.
Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet into this well. Gently mix the batter together until just combined. You still want a few lumps to remain. Finally, fold in the sprinkles.
Lightly grease griddle or skillet. Using a ¼ cup measuring scoop, drop batter onto greased pan. Once the edges start to look set and the bubbles on top start to pop, flip pancake and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until the bottom is a light golden brown. Note: if your pancakes start to brown too quickly, reduce heat to 300F, or low heat.
Repeat with remaining batter, placing cooked pancakes on a cookie sheet in an oven that’s been set to “Keep Warm” or 175 F. When ready to eat, top with desired toppings and enjoy!
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